If you've got more important things to spend your hard-earned cash on than PC hardware, GameSpot has compiled a list of ten best selling games that can co-exist comfortably with outdated rigs. Both Athlon test systems were equipped with only 256MB of memory, but one system used an AGP Radeon 9250 video card, while the other had a PCI Express GeForce 6200 installed.
Games that you would expect to see on a list of low-tech wonders (by today's standards) are here, such as StarCraft
and Half-Life: Counter Strike
. However, I was more than a little surprised to see resource hogs Heroes of Might and Magic V
and Civilization IV
included, even at lowered texture and shader settings. Indeed, the review team experienced framerate problems with Heroes V
on the PCI Express system.
Still, each game performed admirably on at least one of GameSpot's test configurations, and with entries like Sid Meier's Pirates!
and GTA: San Andreas
included on the list, there's something for everyone. We'd like to hear which PC games (ancient and current) you've been enjoying on older setups.